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Week dedicated to helping teens avoid car accidents

The number of teens on the road in Florida can be a dangerous factor for everyone. Because of their inexperience and the natural belief that they can multitask, car accidents will happen. These crashes will often lead to injuries and wrongful death. The U.S. and the state are spending a week promoting safe driving behaviors and stressing its importance to teens. The campaign is known as We Arrive Alive and is for Teen Driver Safety Week.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are sponsoring the campaign and will seek to highlight behaviors that are safe and those that can lead to crashes. Statistically, teens are at known risk when out on the road. In 2016, there were more than 3,500 fatalities for teens in accidents. Approximately 25 percent of them had been consuming alcohol. A study by AAA showed that an estimated 60 percent of car accidents with teens were due to distractions.

As part of the campaign the teens will be educated on the statistical realities of various behaviors. Teaching about the dangers of driving under the influence, texting and driving, using a smartphone when behind the wheel, behaving negligently and recklessly and not wearing a safety belt will all be part of the process. Since a car crash can result in fatalities, significant medical issues, the need for long-term care and more, it is essential that steps are taken to show new drivers how their behaviors can have an influence on themselves and others.

While teaching teens about the possibility of a crash can be beneficial, there will still be a vast proportion who are either continuing to engage in risky behaviors or simply do not have the experience and knowledge to be as safe as those who have been on the road for a longer period. When there is a crash, those who are involved must think about the circumstances and what might have caused it. Medical costs and other issues can be difficult to manage and having help with a personal injury legal filing is key. A lawyer can be of assistance.

Source:, "Florida and U.S. promote Teen Driver Safety Week, focusing on safe driving behaviors," Michael Braun, Oct. 16, 2017

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